U.S. Air Force concert band will perform here Oct. 7

U.S. Air Force concert band will perform here Oct. 7 The Concert Band of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will perform a free concert Oct. 7 at the Vermillion High School auditorium.

Sponsored by The Broadcaster Press and the Plain Talk/Wakonda Times, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will be open at 6:45 p.m.

The program will include a variety of musical selections, including The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, S ' Wonderful by George and Ira Gershwin, and a Duke Ellington medley. Hometown guest musicians include Erin Conlon, clarinet, Matt Williams, trombone, Adam Nelson, French horn, Tyler Engstrom, tuba, and Jon Hoadley, keyboard percussion.

The Concert Band, directed by Major Kelly G. Bledsoe, is the largest component of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band and is known throughout the United States for its outstanding performances and recordings. Pleasing audiences since 1943, the Concert Band carries a long-standing tradition of excellence with its high-caliber of professionalism.

Based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE, the Concert Band tours extensively throughout the United States, performing at universities, music festivals, diplomatic receptions for foreign heads of state and other dignitaries, various community and military functions and for presidential receptions. In addition to its concert and recording activities, the Concert Band has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.

A broad spectrum of musical programming is one of the prominent features of the Concert Band. Members take pride in performing American music from past and present.

The Concert Band's current tour will include the Vermillion performance, as well as appearances in Tyndall, Chamberlain, Sioux Falls, Pierre, Huron and Madison.

Although the band performance in Vermillion is free, tickets are required to ensure seating. Tickets can be obtained at the Broadcaster office or Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce.

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